EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Kenny Taylor and Sydmill Harris hit key 3-pointers late in the second half as No. 15 Texas held off Seton Hall, 70-62.
Cold shooting by the Longhorns (5-1) allowed Seton Hall to stay in the game and the Pirates cut an 11-point halftime deficit to 53-52 on J.R. Morris' jumper with 7:50 remaining.
But Taylor and Harris responded with 3-pointers in a 7-0 spurt that gave the Longhorns a 60-52 cushion with 6:50 remaining. Taylor's 3-pointer was his first basket of the game.
After Morris missed a 3-pointer for the Pirates (2-2), LaMarcus Aldridge made 1-of-2 from the line for Texas. Brad Buckman, who chipped in with 11 points, grabbed the offensive rebound after Aldridge missed the second free throw and kicked the ball out to Harris, whose 3-pointer gave the Longhorns an eight-point advantage.
"They did a good job of playing defense and we responded well, trying to hit the three and getting open looks," Daniel Gibson said.
Gibson scored 15 points and Jason Klotz added a career-high 14 for Texas, which shot just 39 percent (22-of-56) and was held below 80 points for the first time this season.
"I thought it was a really good win for our team," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We played a team that really worked hard and was very athletic. They came back and I like the way we didn't surrender the lead."
The Longhorns shot just 28 percent (7-of-25) in the second half, including 2-of-10 from 3-point range.
"It's tough to go anywhere on the road and get a win," Klotz said. "They came out and played real tough. They were a lot more physical than I thought they would be."
Andre Sweet scored a career-high 26 points and Morris added 10 for Seton Hall, which was held to under 37 percent (25-of-68) shooting in the physical affair. The Longhorns were called for 22 fouls and the Pirates' 24.
"The one thing that we didn't do that hurt us was transition defense, especially in the first half," Seton Hall coach Luis Orr said. "They had 21 of 38 points off transition."
Texas ended the first half with a 19-9 run to open a 38-21 lead at halftime, but the Pirates quickly cut into the lead, closing to 40-39 on Grant Billmeier's jumper with 13:40 remaining.
"We came out in the first 10 minutes of the second half (actually seven) and held them to only two points, so we didn't quit," Orr added. "We just couldn't get over the hump."
Seton Hall never got the lead in the second half despite trailing by only one point on seven occasions.
"If we could have strung together two baskets at key times, that would have made a difference," Orr said. "But hopefully we'll be able to grow from this game."
Down the stretch, Seton Hall got no closer than 63-57 on Kelly Whitney's jumper with 2:50 remaining.